Father visits site where daughter was found dead

The father of a Vietnamese girl, who was kidnapped and killed in Japan, has prayed for the child's soul on the fourth anniversary of her abduction.

On Wednesday, Le Anh Hao visited the site where the dead body of Le Thi Nhat Linh was found four years ago in Abiko City, Chiba Prefecture. He placed an offering of mangoes, his daughter's favorite fruit, at the site and burned incense.

Le Thi Nhat Linh was abducted on March 24, 2017. The child was nine years old at the time. She was a third grader at an elementary school in Chiba Prefecture's Matsudo City. Her body was found abandoned at the site two days later.

Forty-nine-year-old Shibuya Yasumasa was charged with abducting her on her way to school and then killing her. He was serving as the head of a parental group at the girl's school at the time of the incident. A high court upheld his life sentence on Tuesday.

The father said a four-year-old mental picture of his daughter heading off to school still pops into his mind. It is the last memory he has of her. He said at the site he told his daughter's soul about the update of the trial. He added that life imprisonment is too light a punishment for the defendant. The father says the man deserves to receive the death penalty.